The Dennis Family

    Hiking Boots and Swimsuits Vacation Homes OwnersWe are Dan and Esther Dennis, natives of South Carolina. Dan is the owner of Dennis Corporation, an engineering, surveying and construction management firm with offices throughout the state. Esther is a former English teacher with a passion for theatre. She has acted and directed at various theatres in Columbia. We are both active members of our community and church, and are proud parents of our wonderful son Jace Dennis, born in 2014,  and our beautiful daughter Amelia “Millie” Rose Dennis, born in 2005.  Millie was born with Mosaic Down Syndrome; because of this, we are also very active in the special needs community and busy participants for fundraisers and awareness. We love to vacation and we love our vacation homes. We hope you do too!

    Lady Bug House – Hendersonville, NC

    This secluded getaway promises a stay with unparalleled comfort and views making for an unforgettable vacation.

    Purple Martin Hideaway – Lake Murray, SC

    The newly renovated Purple Martin Hideaway features something for everyone providing all of the elements needed for the perfect getaway.

    Blue Crab Retreat – Ridgeland, SC

    Come and visit this stunning Low Country house where true southern hospitality and the beauties of nature collide.

    Little Starfish – St. Thomas, USVI

    Experience all of the breathtaking ocean views that the Little Starfish has to offer while sitting on one of the island’s most private hillsides.

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    Hands On! In Hendersonville

    October 26, 2017

    If you are staying at our Lady Bug House in Bat Cave, NC, and are looking to get the kids out of the house and into something educational, look no further than Hands On! children's gallery in Hendersonville.  The museum offers a wide variety of exhibits and is bound to have something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Hands On! is open Tuesday through Saturday and admission is only $5 - regardless of age.  The gallery features many exhibits, all of which use creative methods to teach children about a wide range of subjects.  A few options that the kids would enjoy include a Costume and Puppet Theater that focuses on the arts, a Lego Raceway focused on engineering, and a Grocery Store

    How The Purple Martin Hideaway Got Its Name

    October 3, 2017

    Ever wonder how our Purple Martin Hideaway in Chapin, South Carolina got its name?  It was inspired by the large numbers of Purple Martins that migrate to Lake Murray each summer to rest on Bomb Island. Bomb Island is a 12-acre island located in the middle of Lake Murray.  It is also known as "Lunch Island" to some, and its formal name is actually "Doolittle Island," named for General James Harold Doolittle, who trained troops and fought in WWII.  "Doolittle's Raiders" was the name given to the troops doing bomb drills on the island who eventually were part of an attack on Japan that aided in ending the war early. These drills are what gave Bomb Island its nickname. Every year, about

    Dive Beneath the Surface in St. Thomas

    September 14, 2017

    With clear waters surrounding the island, St. Thomas is the ideal place to go snorkeling and observe marine life.  There are a variety of great options for snorkeling around the island, but one that we find especially accommodating is St. Thomas Scuba and Snorkel Adventures. There are a few packages offered at this company that make it stand out.  The Multi Beach Adventure on St. Thomas will pick you up from the resort and take you to two different beaches for snorkeling, one on the Atlantic Ocean and one on the Caribbean Sea.  On the Atlantic side, you'll explore a reef, while on the Caribbean, you'll snorkel around their "secret turtle spot."  In addition to exploring while you snorkel,

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